life

what’s in a name?

well in the case of my blog name two best friends running around the streets of san francisco singing past the mission by tori amos. a few years back chime and i came to san francisco for a long weekend. i remember the weather was perfect- no jackets needed, even at night. that’s big here! anyway, we stayed with her cousin in the mission district and spent the weekend walking around the city, shopping downtown, enjoying some cocktails (as evidenced above), dancing a ton, and brunching at boogaloo’s. with all that time spent in the mission, one thing led to another and we were singing the song. it was just fitting. seriously, we had THE best time on that trip. we still talk about it to this day. it was the first time i had ever stayed in the mission and i fell in love with the neighborhood. it was also that trip that made me think brian and i should check out places in the neighborhood. now here we are almost four years later.

so when i started thinking of blog names a little over a year ago, i thought of the fond memories from that trip and laughed. i thought, hmmm… “past the mission, i like it”. the name speaks to where i am in my life right now and it’s based on good memories from the past. pretty song too. sing it… past the mission and i smell the roses. 

happenings.

1. bringing the garden inside. 2. listening to fleetwood mac. 3. wishing these cement planters were mine. 4. refinishing furniture (before and afters soon). 5. adoring this little kitty kitty tote. 6. hanging terrariums (let’s hope these little guys live). 7. reading the awakening.

life lately.

il_570xN.2628031321. best friend morning roast. 2. love map. 3. succulents at paxton gate. 4. steven alan seaside parka for nyc (sadly, not happening). 5. chair obsession. 6. sunday breakfast at boogaloo’s. #goodlife.

black & tan.

forever 21 blouse and blazer | gap 1969 always skinny jeans | madewell zipcode boot | vintage gucci bag | michael kors watch | j.crew classic link bracelet | ray ban wayfarer sunglasses

there’s nothing like a blazer to make me (and my day) feel more put together. it’s been one of those days. hell, it’s been one of those weeks! and this outfit has me wishing i was sipping on a black & tan instead of merely wearing it. sheeesh, this girl needs a break. i’m so ready for the three day weekend and i’m hoping it’s filled with biking, cooking, listening to records, taking photographs, and above all, sleeping in. a museum day and/or visit to the botanical gardens will definitely be thrown into the mix as well. ah, we’re almost there. enjoy!

eternally striped.

j.crew sweater-dress-tights | vintage coach city bag | madewell wedges | michael kors watch | sunglasses via ebay | onyx ring- gift from brian

i know you might be thinking “enough with the stripes already, girl!” but i can’t help it… i have a sea of stripes in my closet and i love them all.  i decided to take a spring/summer dress and remix it for the sunny yet chilly weather. all the dress needed was a bright sweater and my favorite grey tights and i was on my way. get ready to see more remixing on the blog. brian and i are going to nyc in march and i would like to stop (or majorly cut back) on shopping so that i can do some there. can’t wait for that! tons of beautiful clothes and fashionable new yorkers… sign me up!

the garden inside.

on sunday brian and i went to the beach and dropped by a little garden afterward where i snapped these photos. as i was looking at them i couldn’t help but gaze at the colors and wish we could redecorate the apartment! the hues are just so tranquil. mid century + raw elements.
naturally, i hopped on polyvore and found dream pieces inspired by the colors and textures in the garden. i would like to incorporate more raw elements in our apartment and create an organic feel by adding more plants, wood grain, and glass. we really need a terrarium. so what do you think of bringing the outside in?
p.s. i love these picks from cayce of for the roses. check out her awesome blog!

the classics.

j.crew sweater- also here | anthro denim- also here | vintage coach willis bag | vintage salvatore ferragamo vara in navy | sunglasses via ebay | michael kors watch | gifted pearls

classic pieces tend to stay in my closet and in constant rotation in my sartorial world. in this post i’m wearing some of my all time favorite pieces: my peter pan collar sweater, boyfriend denim, coach willis bag in mahogany, and navy ferragamo’s. of course, the look is topped off with pearls and a top knot- simple and classic. i love pieces that go the distance in both quality and style. so i’m slowly building a closet of classics. what’s your style m.o.?

i’m pretty excited about my next post which is unique from any other post i’ve done thus far. hint: exteriors will meet interiors. have a good day!

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beach baby.

today was such a lovely day! the weather was so nice that brian and i headed out to the beach where we walked around, grabbed lunch, and snapped some photos. it’s so awesome that we were able to dress so lightly and go to the beach in the middle of winter. i sure do love california “winters”.

j.crew sweater- similar | f21 dress | vintage salvatore ferragamo vara | vintage coach willis bag | michael kors watch | ray ban clubmaster sunglasses

this weekend was really relaxing which is exactly the way i like it. friday night brian and i went on a date to gracias madre for dinner and then caught up on crap tv (a favorite pass time of mine when i’m absolutely exhausted and just want to zone out). then, saturday night we had friends over for dinner (pasta, dill and roasted garlic white bean dip and veggies, rosemary focaccia, and a yummy salad) and a movie. aside from heading to the beach and hanging around the apartment, i also ran seven miles and got some “spring” cleaning done. all in all, this weekend was the perfect balance of relaxation and productivity!